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Nice way to see how the Samurai lived. Interesting well preserved homes. A few different types... read more

Reviewed April 4, 2017
Houston, Texas
much better than famous one in Chiran

I think this place is much better than that in Chiran which is very famous. Why? Free of charge vs... read more

Reviewed December 26, 2016
Kawasaki, Japan
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Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

A short walk from Shimabara station. These 3 houses are on a street that kept the historical feel. There is a good write up posted at each of the houses in English.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Samurai houses are very near Shimabara castle. We are allowed to enter the house and understand how the Samurai lives back then. Very cultural and beautiful place to take picture

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank eLoweee
Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

You get to see traditional samurai dwellings with 3 houses preserved. The whole neighborhood used to be samurai residences.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank cchchcc
Reviewed April 11, 2017

Entry fee is free. There are 3 preserved houses you can view. All are very similar, you must take your shoes off before entering. You can imagine what the samurai life was like. Cherry blossoms were blooming in April. Interesting that down the middle of...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank ncjc2013
Reviewed April 4, 2017

Nice way to see how the Samurai lived. Interesting well preserved homes. A few different types are presented.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank SBF2
Reviewed March 11, 2017

This is an area where the old samurai houses have been preserved and restored. There are 3 samurai houses put up for visitors, with exhibits geared towards lifestyles of these samurai homes. I found the mannequins displays creepy though, and after a while, they look...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Sherry T
Reviewed December 26, 2016

I think this place is much better than that in Chiran which is very famous. Why? Free of charge vs charged. Longer straight road with water pass vs winding(there is a reason for it though)short one. Houses with miniature figures vs nothing in it

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Keizo
Reviewed December 22, 2016

This is a quiet row of Meiji-era samurai houses, alongside a canal containing natural spring water. These samurai houses belonged to low-ranking samurai. There are several residences that are open for viewing (free admission) with description panels. Note that you have to take off your...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank Xin R
Reviewed December 20, 2016

In these times Japan had 4 classes of people. Top were the warrior class. Second were the farmers. Third were the artisans. Fourth and last were the merchants. While the Shogun was the head honcho for the area, his samurai warriors helped him rule. The...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Ken G
Reviewed October 2, 2016

This was a wonderful experience being able to see and go into three well preserved houses,signage was good and also to walking along the canal was like going back in history. Only a short walk from the train station,amust do

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Minkymonkey
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